Government sneak out report that shows homelessness rocket - Farron


New homelessness cases in England have risen by by 48% and the numbers of families living in temporary accommodation is up 61%, according to government figures published today. Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has blasted the Tories over the news and said it is ‘stain on our nation’s conscience.’key_post_tfportrait700x400.jpg

Councils accepted 59,090 households as homeless and in 'priority' need of housing in 2016/17 - compared to 40,020 in 2009/10.

1,290 families were spending more than the six-week legal limit living in bed and breakfast accommodation.

The total number of households in temporary accommodation on 31 March 2017 is up 61% to 77,240 compared to December 2010.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

“In 2017 no-one should be homeless, living in a Bed and Breakfast or worrying whether they will have a roof over their head from one month to the next.  This is a national scandal and the Government are doing nothing to actually tackle the problem.

“We need more houses built and they need to be the right kind of housies - social housing, truly affordable housing, and social rented properties.

“Britain is one of the richest places on earth, it is a stain on our nation’s conscience that thousands of people are still sleeping rough on the streets every night.


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